Ekurhuleni's new Olifantsfontein Fire Station to reduce emergency response time
The community of Olifantsfontein, Clayville and Winnie Mandela will soon have a bigger and more resourced fire station on their door steps. The City of Ekurhuleni is building a new Olifantsfontein Fire Station at 12 Axle Road to assist the old fire station that was built in the mid 1940’s in the same area. The areas that are served by the old fire station have grown substantially over the years and the new developments included areas such as Winnie Mandela, Tswelopele and Clayville. This has affected the response time and the more capacitated fire station will reduce the response time to be in line with the international benchmark.
The Olifantsfontein Fire Station will have five bays to house five fire engines and three ambulances and a shift comprising of 11 officials. The old fire station had bays for only two fire trucks and three ambulances. A helipad will also be constructed for emergency incidents that may need the service of a helicopter.
The construction of the fire station is currently 54 percent complete and 36 local labourers are employed, as well as 12 subcontractors with their own labour.
The City has committed to build two fire stations every three years to reduce the response time to emergency situations. A sod-turning ceremony was held on 5 April 2019 for a new Klopper Fire Station, which will serve Elandsfontein, Isando and Jet Park, among other areas.
Albertina Sisulu Corridor Fire Station in Kempton Park is also under construction, while Germiston Fire Station was opened on 4 October 2018.
Executive Mayor Masina launched a new fleet of firefighting vehicles in October 2018, comprising of ambulances, water pumpers, water tankers, rescue pumper, hydraulic platform which reaches a height of 37 metres. The City recently added to their equipment, two other highly advanced tankers, one capable of carrying fire extinguishing foam for fires caused by flammable liquids.
“We are ramping up our emergency services capacity to live up to our vision of being a developmental city that provides people-centred services, and creates a safer environment for our residents,” MMC for Community Safety Cllr Frans Mmoko said.
Source: City of Ekurhuleni, Department; Communications and Brand Management